fishery monitoring News

  • Fisheries certification update: November 2013

    Collectively, the fisheries certified since our last newsletter bring an estimated additional 880,000 tonnes of fish into the market with the potential to carry the MSC label. They include whitefish, shellfish, herring form several fisheries and toothfish. Whitefish certifications welcomed by buyers The ...

  • Fisheries Reform: Time to Draw in the Net

    Achieving healthy fish stocks globally was a key challenge flowing from Rio+20 and will be a central litmus test for realizing an inclusive Green economy. So it is good news that Europe recently reached an historic agreement to reform its Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) that promises to reverse decades of excessive overfishing by European fleets. The agreement covers the rebuilding of fish stocks ...

  • World’s largest fishery angles for sustainability

    Peruvian anchovy fishers – who pull in 10 percent of the total fish catch in the world – for the first time will be independently monitored, ensuring the sustainability of stocks. Peruvian anchovy (Engraulis ringens) is a major Peruvian export, reaching more than U.S. $ 1.7 billion in 2008, equivalent to 70 percent of national fish exports for the entire country. Although the government in past ...


    By WWF International

  • East Lyn fishery to remain closed

    The Watersmeet and Glenthorne fishery on Exmoor's River Lyn is to remain closed until the end of the 2013 season to safeguard salmon and sea trout stocks. The Environment Agency closed the fishery on July 12 following a higher than normal number of fish deaths due to disease. The action was taken to reduce stress on remaining fish and ensure as many as possible successfully spawn later this year. ...

  • Europe adopts new framework for fisheries data collection

    The European Commission has welcomed the adoption by Council of its proposal for a regulation establishing an EU framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector and support for scientific advice regarding the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The new framework retains and builds on the proven features of the existing data collection system. It also introduces ...

  • EU auditors criticise fisheries protection system

    Unreliable catch data, inspections of limited effectiveness, systems for following up infringements and imposing sanctions that are often inappropriate, and all of this in a context of overcapacity which jeopardises compliance with the rules: these are the main findings of the European Court of Auditors in its latest Special Report on fishing in Community waters. The multiple shortcomings that it ...

  • Managing fishery footprints may benefit the seafloor

    Trawling can disturb the seabed, impacting habitats and biodiversity. Results from a new study in the North Sea have shown that changes in the distribution of trawling activity – the result of fishers’ choices among fishing grounds and the effects of fisheries’ regulations - have greater implications for the overall state of seabed habitat than the protection that might be ...

  • Questions and Answers on the reformed Common Fisheries Policy

    The overall objective of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is to make fishing sustainable - environmentally, economically and socially. The new policy will bring fish stocks back to sustainable levels and will stop wasteful fishing practices. It will provide EU citizens with a stable, secure and healthy food supply for the long term. It seeks to bring new prosperity to the fishing ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • A bird’s eye view of fishery discard reforms

    Reforms to reduce discards of over-quota fish catches are generally predicted to have positive effects on marine ecosystems and biodiversity. Although concerns have been raised over the impacts of the changes on scavenging seabirds who feed upon discarded fish, new research on gannets indicates that, while they often forage near fishing vessels, more than half their time is spent foraging ...

  • First herring fishery in Canada achieves MSC certification

    The Newfoundland and Labrador NAFO Division 4R Atlantic herring purse seine fishery has achieved MSC certification, becoming the first herring fishery in Canada to attain ...

  • Fisheries indicators ‘too narrow’ to show real impact

    Global monitoring of fisheries must be improved to understand the mismatch between protecting marine life and the vital role fishing plays in many economies, according to a study. Using so-called ‘multi-dimensional fisheries performance indicators’ (FPIs) would provide a better picture of how different communities manage fish stocks, and how this interacts with ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • European Commission launches fisheries control system consultation

    The European Commission has started a consultation exercise on its initiative to reform the control system of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).  Strengthening control and enforcement is one of the main pillars of the CFP reform process begun in 2002. However, as underlined by recent reports from both the Commission and the Court of Auditors, serious shortcomings persist in this area. ...

  • Russia Sea of Okhotsk pollock fishery is MSC certified

    The Russian Sea of Okhotsk walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) fishery has received Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification from independent certifier Intertek Moody Marine after IMM’s scientific, third-party assessment determined the fishery meets the MSC Standard as a sustainable and ...

  • World fisheries must prepare for climate change

    The fishing industry and national fisheries authorities must do more to understand and prepare for the impacts that climate change will have on world fisheries, says a new FAO report published today. According to the latest edition of the UN agency's The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA), existing responsible fishing practices need to be more widely implemented and current ...

  • Fisheries: Questions and Answers on New French Control Action Plan

    What does this action plan seek to achieve? Today's action plan focuses on the French catch registration system in order to ensure that the data available to national controllers is complete, reliable and timely. It consolidates measures already taken by France and also includes measures such as the development of IT tools. Catch data are reported by fishermen so that the control ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Aqua-Cage Fisheries Uses DTG2 ROV on Rainbow Trout Farm

    Aqua-Cage Fisheries is an aquaculture farm in Parry Sound, Ontario that produces rainbow trout for the food market. They receive fingerlings from a hatchery in Southern Ontario, grow the fish in the open waters of Georgian Bay and harvest them for a processor that ships to major grocery stores. Aqua-Cage produces environmentally sustainable, high quality fish for the consumer, while bringing in a ...


    By Deep Trekker Inc.

  • Background: Agriculture and Fisheries Council, Brussels, 23 September 2013

    The Council meeting will address agricultural matters; it will start at 10.00 on Monday 23 September 2013. The Council will be chaired by Mr Vigilijus JUK$A, Minister for Agriculture. As regards agriculture, there will be a public debate on the state of play on the common agricultural policy (CAP) reform package after a political agreement was reached with the other EU institutions on the ...


    By European Commission

  • Push to enhance management and conservation in tuna fisheries on the high seas

    Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO Naoko Ishii today approved a project coordinated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to improve the health and sustainability of tuna fisheries worldwide by reducing illegal catch and supporting related marine ecosystems and species. The GEF, an international institution uniting 183 countries to address global environmental issues and support ...

  • Independent adjudicator issues preliminary decision in Russia Sea of Okhotsk Pollock Fishery Remand

    Independent Adjudicator (IA) Michael Lodge, in a preliminary decision sent to the parties today and published on the Marine Stewardship Council website, will allow the conformance assessment body (CAB), Intertek Moody Marine (IMM), to submit its revised scoring rationale to peer review and comment, to address an objection filed by At-Sea Processors (APA) on the ground of procedural irregularity. ...

  • Independent adjudicator remands Russia Sea of Okhotsk Pollock Fishery determination back to conformance assessment body

    In a decision published today on the Marine Stewardship Council website, Independent Adjudicator (IA) Michael Lodge, who presided over the objection process for the Russia Sea of Okhotsk pollock fishery, remanded the assessment back to the conformance assessment body (CAB), Intertek Moody Marine (IMM) to review and respond in two specific areas: a procedural issue and scoring. ...

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